Things have been rather hectic at work these past few weeks.
I long for those long summer days, spent on the balcony in the
sun, with a book in one hand and a drink in the other. Those
days seem to be long gone. The weather has been terrible lately.
I feel sorry for tourists coming here, hoping to have a great time.
Instead, they have to endure the rain, the wind, branches of trees
falling on the streets. Welcome to the Netherlands.
On a sunnier Saturday afternoon two weeks before, we hit up
Bakers & Roasters, a cafe in Amsterdam’s hipster neighbourhood
De Pijp. Two times before we had stood in line at the Amsterdam
hotspot and both times we had walked away. Everybody was raving
about the place, but surely no food could be worth waiting well over
an hour for. Last week we decided to try our luck again (third time’s
a charm right?) and, as luck would have it, there was a table for us
in no more than twenty minutes (fairly reasonable). We were hungry,
starving almost and over time, we had sort of built up this expectation
that this was the best place for a brunch/lunch in Amsterdam. Did it
meet our expectations? Here’s what we had!
Beetroot, apple and carrot juice (best beetroot juice I’ve had so far) // Orange, ginger and carrot juice.
Zucchini spaghetti, crushed kalamata olives, sweet yellow/red cherry tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, mint, avocado, balsamic vinaigrette and shaved parmesan. This is a great summer dish! Light, well balanced and what a lovely balsamic vinaigrette. I loved the crunchy texture of the zucchini spaghetti and the cucumber slices. I hardly ever go for all-vegetable dishes; they’re never that exciting. This dish though is something I would definitely order again.
Smoked salmon stack on eggs Benedict, hollandaise, chives and hash brown cakes. Well, you can’t really go wrong with a dish like this, can you? The eggs were poached to perfection. The hash brown cakes crunchy as ever on the outside and moist on the inside. This is a dish you want to have after a night out in the town. This is, as George Calombaris would say, absolutely yummm!
Other than the long waiting time to get in, there’s no reason to not visit this New Zealand style cafe (served with a heavy dose of Brazil, as it says on their site). I’m sad we put it off for so long because this is a great place for lunch or brunch. The prices are reasonable (EUR15-ish per person) and there’s a great atmosphere. There are a lot of similar cafes in Amsterdam but in my opinion this one has the best menu we’ve seen so far. There’s a great variety of food so there’s something for everyone. In our case, we wanted to try everything. We’ll just have to come back again I guess. Hopefully, then, without a waiting line.